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12:44 | 2012-10-10

Defence

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US Think Tank: Iran Can Target Israel's Dimona Nuclear Complex

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US Think Tank said that Iran can attack the Israeli nuclear complex at Dimona or the Israeli airbases even without drawing the US into the war.



A group of US presidential advisors at the Wilson Center warned that Iran could engage in at least token missile/rocket strikes against the attacker, targeting sites in Israel or US facilities in the region.

Hence, they said that the US government should avoid any military adventurism against Iran because it could backfire.

The Wilson Center noted Iran's ballistic missile program has been substantially developed over past several years.

"According to unclassified estimates, Iran probably has at least two dozen and possibly more than 100 conventionally armed ballistic missiles capable of striking most of the region, including Israel," the think tank claimed.

The initiation of preventive military action against Iran, even with limited objectives, could be the beginning of a war entailing all of the uncertainties and unanticipated consequences so familiar to those who have experienced or studied military conflicts.

In a recent study by the New American Foundation, Joel Rubin wrote nearly 30 US bipartisan national security leaders, who signed onto a report by the Iran Project, are of the opinion that Israel doesn't have the capacity to destroy Iran's nuclear program.

Rubin's article titled 'Netanyahu Aligns with Obama on Iran' wrote that if Israel dares to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, it would be a disaster.

Also, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found the similar results that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.

The ISIS study also cautioned that an attack against Iran would backfire by compelling the country to acquire nuclear weaponry.

A recent study by a fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin Talmadge, warned that Iran could use mines as well as missiles to block the strait, and that "it could take many weeks, even months, to restore the full flow of commerce, and more time still for the oil markets to be convinced that stability has returned".

In a Sep. 11, 2008 report, the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy also said that in the two decades since the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic has excelled in naval capabilities and is able to wage unique asymmetric warfare against larger naval forces.

According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) has been transformed into a highly motivated, well-equipped, and well-financed force and is effectively in control of the world's oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz.

The study says that if Washington takes military action against the Islamic Republic, the scale of Iran's response would likely be proportional to the scale of the damage inflicted on Iranian assets.